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1961 Baltimore Orioles season

1961 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Memorial Stadium (since 1954)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (since 1954)
  • Results
    Record 95–67 (.586)
    League place 3rd
    Other information
    Owner(s) Jerold Hoffberger
    Manager(s) Paul Richards, Lum Harris
    Local television WJZ-TV
    Local radio WBAL (AM)
    (Bob Murphy, Herb Carneal)
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    The 1961 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, 14 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by Paul Richards and Lum Harris, and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Roger Maris of the Yankees hit his 59th and 60th home runs of the season against the Orioles, tying what was at the time Babe Ruth's single-season record. The 59th was hit on September 20 at Memorial Stadium,[6] and the 60th was hit on September 26 at Yankee Stadium.

    Opening Day starters

    • Jackie Brandt
    • Marv Breeding
    • Jim Gentile
    • Ron Hansen
    • Milt Pappas
    • Brooks Robinson
    • Russ Snyder
    • Gene Stephens
    • Gus Triandos[7]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 109 53 .673 --
    Detroit Tigers 101 61 .623 8
    Baltimore Orioles 95 67 .586 14
    Chicago White Sox 86 76 .531 23
    Cleveland Indians 78 83 .484 30.5
    Boston Red Sox 76 86 .469 33
    Minnesota Twins 70 90 .438 38
    Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 38.5
    Kansas City Athletics 61 100 .379 47.5
    Washington Senators 61 100 .379 47.5

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1961 Baltimore Orioles
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Triandos, GusGus Triandos 115 397 97 .244 17 63
    1B Gentile, JimJim Gentile 148 486 147 .302 46 141
    2B Adair, JerryJerry Adair 133 386 102 .264 9 37
    3B Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson 163 668 192 .287 7 61
    SS Hansen, RonRon Hansen 155 533 132 .248 12 51
    LF Williams, DickDick Williams 103 310 64 .206 8 24
    CF Brandt, JackieJackie Brandt 139 516 153 .297 16 72
    RF Herzog, WhiteyWhitey Herzog 113 323 94 .291 5 35

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Snyder, RussRuss Snyder 115 312 91 .292 1 13
    Breeding, MarvMarv Breeding 90 244 51 .209 1 16
    Robinson, EarlEarl Robinson 96 222 59 .266 8 30
    Philley, DaveDave Philley 99 144 36 .250 1 23
    Foiles, HankHank Foiles 43 124 34 .274 6 19
    Throneberry, MarvMarv Throneberry 56 96 20 .208 5 11
    Busby, JimJim Busby 75 89 23 .258 0 6
    Stephens, GeneGene Stephens 32 58 11 .190 0 2
    Lau, CharlieCharlie Lau 17 47 8 .170 1 4
    Courtney, ClintClint Courtney 22 45 12 .267 0 4
    Dropo, WaltWalt Dropo 14 27 7 .259 1 2
    Powell, BoogBoog Powell 4 13 1 .077 0 1
    Shetrone, BarryBarry Shetrone 3 7 1 .143 0 1
    Zupo, FrankFrank Zupo 5 4 2 .500 0 0
    Essegian, ChuckChuck Essegian 1 1 0 .000 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Barber, SteveSteve Barber 37 248.1 18 12 3.33 150
    Estrada, ChuckChuck Estrada 33 212 15 9 3.69 160
    Fisher, JackJack Fisher 36 196 10 13 3.90 118
    Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas 26 177.2 13 9 3.04 89
    Brown, HalHal Brown 27 166.2 10 6 3.19 61

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Hoeft, BillyBilly Hoeft 35 138 7 4 2.02 100
    Hall, DickDick Hall 29 122.1 7 5 3.09 92

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Wilhelm, HoytHoyt Wilhelm 51 9 7 18 2.30 87
    Stock, WesWes Stock 35 5 0 3 3.01 47
    Hyde, DickDick Hyde 15 1 2 0 5.57 15
    Jones, GordonGordon Jones 3 0 0 1 5.40 4
    Lehew, JimJim Lehew 2 0 0 0 0.00 0
    Papa, JohnJohn Papa 2 0 0 0 18.00 3

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Aberdeen

    Victoria club moved to Ardmore, May 27, 1961

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